|Private tuition – is it necessary?|
As far as I am concerned, I find that private tuition is not necessary for me. I shall give you some reasons.
I find that if I pay attention in class when the teacher is teaching, it is adequate to see me through my lessons and homework. If there is any doubt I can always ask the teacher concerned.
Today most of the things taught in school are not too difficult to follow, as long as I do not neglect my work. Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, English and Bahasa Malaysia are not that difficult to handle provided I take an interest in them and put in some genuine effort. So in all my years in school, I never had to have any private tuition. Yet I can get through my examinations without any problem.
I notice that my classmates who take private tuition are usually not interested in their studies. In class they have a “couldn’t-be-bothered” attitude thinking that their tuition teachers will cover the lessons for them later. What they do not realize is that it is so much easier to pay attention in class than having to spend extra time in the afternoons just to cover up for the wasted time in school. The extra time can easily be spent for other more constructive things than having to repeat a lesson.
Also, private tutors do not come cheap. The parents have to fork out a considerable sum of money for the services of the tutors who are ordinary teachers anyway.
The trouble with taking private tuition is that the students can become too dependent on the tutors and cannot function on their own. Everything has to be spoon-fed.
Private tuition is only necessary if the child is really weak in certain subjects. But nowadays it is trendy to go to tutorial centers or engage private tutors.
I have to concede that not everyone has the same ability or intelligence. So some students may really need extra tuition before they can grasp what is being taught. Perhaps then these people can benefit from private tuition. But for the majority of students, like my classmates, they do not need private tuition. What they need is to do their classwork properly and they should have no trouble passing any examination.
The teachers in the school are always there to help if we bother to ask them. They are already paid for their services. So there is no need to pay them extra for the same things they teach in school.